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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:50 PM

Cuomo pushing for even tougher New York gun laws

Though New York already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., is pushing to crackdown on guns even more.

“I think what the nation is saying now after Connecticut, what people in New York are saying is ‘Do something, please,’” Cuomo said recently.

According to a report by the New York Times, sources close to the negotiations in the New York legislature say the governor is looking for a broad package to tighten restrictions, to be announced in his State of the State address Wednesday. The proposal could have tougher sentences for gun crimes, in addition to other provisions:

According to people briefed on the talks, the governor is considering not only rewriting the state’s assault weapons ban, but also proposing more expansive use of mental health records in background checks of gun buyers, lower limits on the capacity of magazines sold legally in New York and a new requirement that gun permits be subject to periodic recertification.


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